MIT Art-O-Meter (Image courtesy MIT)By Andrew Liszewski

It’s nearly impossible to gauge whether or not a particular piece of art is ‘good’ simply because everyone has their own tastes and what might not appeal to some could be a must have piece for someone else. But leave it to the geniuses at MIT to come up with a device that they feel accurately reflects how good a piece really is.

Art-O-Meter is a device that measures the quality of an art piece. It bases its evaluation on the amount of time that people spend in front of an artwork compared to the total time of exhibition. The measurements are graphically represented by comments and a 5 star rating system.

Without the interaction of a viewer, the Art-O-Meter will register time like a regular clock. However, when a user enters the area covered by its motion sensor, a second timer is triggered and it will count time as the viewer observes the artwork.

So based on the criteria of how long people stand in front of it that nasty stain over the urinals in the MoMA restroom could be worth millions of dollars!

[ Art-O-Meter ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]